The Mohr Legacy
Rodney has been actively making bows for over 30 years and is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, where he earned the degree of Master of Bow Making. Rodney has produced nearly 1,000 bows, making him one of the nation's most prolific bow makers, and has restored a countless number of fine bows.
As past Co-Director of the Violin Society of America’s Oberlin Bow Restoration Workshop, Rodney has taught many students the fine art of repair and restoration. He has been a guest instructor at the North Bennett Street School in Boston and given demonstrations at the Chicago School of Violin Making, where he is an alumni and serves as a board member.
Rodney has won numerous awards in international competitions, including the Violin Society of America International Competitions and the Concours International de Paris. Rodney holds the distinction of Hors’ Concours by the VSA.
Rodney has served as president of the Violin Society of America and bow judge, and president of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
Ann has been the managing partner of Mohr & Mohr since its inception in 1985. She holds a BS degree in Business Accounting from the University of Phoenix and is a member of Delta Mu Delta, the Honor Society of UoP. She also holds a Non-profit Leadership Certificate from The Ohio State University.
Ann is a professional violinist having studied with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster, Daniel Majeske, and later attended Indiana University School of Music as a Violin Performance major, making her perfect for quality control. She also is a graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making.
She has been active with non-profit organizations as the past Executive Director of the Ashland Symphony and is the current Finance Manager of the Ashland County Council on Aging. In her spare time, Ann is a volunteer Tax-Aide for AARP and Treasurer of the Center Street Historic District.
Kate has joined the trade as the first, second generation female bow maker in the United States. She works in conjunction with Mohr & Mohr, but independently under the trade name fille de Mohr (daughter of Mohr). Kate's son, Wesley, helps around the shop and says that when he grows up he wants to carry on the family tradition of bow making.
Prior to becoming a bow maker, Kate worked as a research biologist in developmental and reproductive toxicology. She currently runs a Facebook page for New Violin Professionals - an educational site for individuals new to the industry that are working as dealers, makers and restorers.
Every member of the family has a special job at Mohr & Mohr. Music fills the shop as Rodney finds inspiration for his craftsmanship. Our shop dogs, Flying Crocodile, Tatty and Tilly help keep things under control while Rodney is hard at work. Dogs are actually a big part of our bow making business, as they make the shop feel relaxed and bring a calming sense to the environment.
The Mohr & Mohr shop is our second home. This brings life to our work and thus passed along to your bow. Your bow is made with the finest raw materials and brought to a smooth finish with our personal craftsmanship.
We invite you to visit our shop in Ashland and see what we can do for you.